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Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn

Mueller seeks White House documents re FlynnInvestigators working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently asked the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, and have questioned witnesses about whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign, according to people close to the investigation.

Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller’s team asking the White House to hand over records.

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Three more RNC staffers set to exit

RNC staffers leaveLess than a year into the midterm campaign season, the Republican National Committee is experiencing a wave of staff-level departures.

Over the next several weeks, three RNC aides — deputy chief data officer Liam O’Rourke, director of political data support Ashley Burns, and director of business intelligence Patrick Stewart — are expected to leave. The exits, confirmed by three RNC officials, have surprised the tight-knit world of Republican operatives and signaled a broader upheaval within the committee’s data department.

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After six months, Pence has now turned over all state-related AOL emails, his attorney says

Pence emails turned in: lawyerIt took nearly six months after he left the governor's office, but Vice President Pence and his legal team say they have now provided Indiana officials with all emails from his personal AOL account involving state business.

Pence attorney Karoline Jackson said in a recent email to the state's legal counsel that  “a complete electronic production of state records" from Pence's time as governor had been delivered to the state as of June 23.

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Special Counsel Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

Mueller impanels grand jurySpecial Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, is a sign that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry is ramping up and that it will likely continue for months. Mr. Mueller is investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign or associates colluded with the Kremlin as part of that effort.

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Trump's heated conversations with Mexico, Australia leaders revealed in transcripts

Trump call transcripts releasedDespite President Trump's repeated promises that Mexico would pay for a wall along the United States' southern border, the president recognized early on that following through on that promise would be difficult, and urged Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop publicly opposing Trump's statements, according to a report.

"You cannot say that to the press," Trump told Pena Nieto in a Jan. 27 call, after the Mexican president reaffirmed that Mexico would not pay for a border wall. "The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances."

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Trump’s DHS Ordered Agents to Block Congressmen During Travel Ban

travel ban blocked congressmenOn the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.

Members of Congress say they’re shocked by the orders, uncovered in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Daily Beast and The James Madison Project, both of which were represented by the law office of Mark S. Zaid.

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McMaster Fires Controversial Staffer From National Security Council Post

McMaster fires Ezra Cohen-WarwickNational Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has removed an ally of his predecessor from the National Security Council, the White House said Wednesday.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, 31, senior director for intelligence programs at the NSC, was hired by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser. Flynn was fired in February after it was revealed he discussed Russia sanctions with that country’s ambassador to the U.S. prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, then lied about it.

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